Explore the most popular lake trails in Jasper National Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

It's a nice, easy hike and you can add a bit of distance by incorporating some of the longer (~35km) hike. It's a good one for kids or with companions who aren't used to hiking. The color of the lakes...so blue your friends will think that the pictures were edited.

Really enjoyed this trail. A few ups and downs in the terrain, but nothing terribly challenging. Was just the right distance for me, my wife, and our 8mo old. A few good picturesque views along the way, particularly by the first, third, fourth, and fifth lakes.

hiking
2 days ago

Great and short hike to start off the day.sadly we did not see any moose but we met someone who did. You should do the hike early

What a wonderful hike. Defenetly bring your swimming stuff as the lakes are just incredible and just beg for a swim. We did the hike on a very warm and sunny day in May. The trail itself was in a very good condition.

The road to it was challenging. Rough and hard on your vehicle. Don’t do it in a sedan!!!
However, once there, it was a nice , easy hike with modest elevation gain. Will backpack there to spend a few night next time. The lake is beautiful!

Amazing trail with great views. The road up is closed however for Summer 2018. So if you plan on doing this hike plan on hiking the 12 kilometers up the road to the Edith Cavell parking lot just to get to the trailhead. We went this May long weekend 2018 intending to do the hike but were turned away because the roads closed. Luckily there's lots of other hikes in Jasper

hiking
12 days ago

Amazing hike, but lots of mosquitoes, i would 110% recommend bringing a full body bug suit if you're tackling this one.

Amazing views, steep in a couple spots but overall very easy trail, lots of good spots to get some amazing shots of the turquoise blue lakes. 100% worth it to take 2 hours out of your day for.

Amazing views!!!

hiking
24 days ago

Good early season hike.

Love this hike. It’s a good mix of difficult steep sections followed by a bit of a break as it flattens out each time you reach a lake. The lakes and waterfalls are beautiful and this hike was not very crowded for us, even on a sunny summers day. Be warned that the drive in is a bit on the wild side- low-riding cars may not make it at all and a 4x4 of some sort is probably best (you probably CAN make it in your average sedan, but you’ll have to take it really slow).

hiking
1 month ago

This was a beautiful trail and offered plenty of access to water sources. Overnighting at Amethyst is a must if you’re doing this trail! If I were to do it again I would make a longer trip out of it by overnighting a few nights using Amethyst as a base camp and doing some exploring in the area.

One of my favorites. Good mix of terrain and always love trails with waterfalls. Lots of places to take in the view and do some rock hopping. Never made it to the top of the large fall because I’ve gotten off to a late start (all 3 times)! One of these days!

Nice hike that was doable in the winter conditions early April. Some deep patches of snow, Wabasso lake was still totally frozen April 8, walked out to the island.

backpacking
1 month ago

Did this hike as a part of 4 day backpacking trip last Aug. Could not do the full loop as we had only one car. But the trail from portal creek via Maccarib pass is absolutely stunning. Sunrise in Amethyst lake with the reflections of Ramparts on the lake.....that is a scene not to be forgotten ever.

backpacking
1 month ago

Redid this trail for second time. Used Astoria trailhead again. Went beginning of August, bugs were bad, but worth it. Nicest area we felt was at surprise point. Bugs weren’t bad, gentle breeze and a view that photos could not do justice. Would I go for a third time, no doubt about it. On the trail this time we did have a mountain lion jump out at us, it was a younger one but did it ever move fast

Me and my wife have done this trail twice (once while she was pregnant). The trail always amazes me and is absolutely beautiful. We stay at the Shovel Pass Lodge so we don’t have to carry our own gear in.

Nice hike mostly through woods with a lake every so often.

Beautiful in the winter and will be visiting again in the summer
Great quicl hike to hit.

backpacking
4 months ago

Good packed snow trail with moderate elevation shifts. Recommend cleats/crampons in the packed snow. Also good for snowshoeing.

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful area, easy access. A little busy at times but still worth it and has awesome cliff jumping.

hiking
4 months ago

I did this hike solo in October. It made for a rather heavy pack as I had to pack for winter camping. The first campground is portal to my recollection. Be wary of the sign that tells you it’s 8kms to the campground. I am quite fit and light on my feet and it felt that me like it was more like 15. I didn’t hitch hike back, I redid the route and upon close inspection of the sign on my return, someone had actually carved in to the sign ‘more like 16’. I will be returning to do it again in July with warmer weather and intend to wear a gps watch this time. The first night I got about a foot of snow in the elevation. It was a lovely morning and although the trail was covered in snow, the route was still obvious. I did not encounter any wild life while awake, however I had a trail of prints in the snow around my tent. Not bear or cougar though! The sights are lovely and the trail is super easy (at least I thought so!) In the summertime this is known as one of the most buggy trails in Alberta so I would highly recommend that you go to Mountain hardware at the cross iron mills mall and pick up a head bug net, as they sell them for only five dollars - it will save you from going insane with all of the bugs. The trail can also be quite muddy in some spots... whatever. It’s nature!!

Great easy hike.

Touristy & underwhelming.

Stunning!

Beautiful clear lakes, took a swim in the ice cold water

This is a great walk. Would rate as easy. Lots of birds. Nice scenery.

One of the great must do overnight trips in the Canadian Rockies. I have done it 3 times. Would recommend going from North to south. Get the fire road out of the way and enjoy the rest of the trip. We are older hikers and found 4 days 3 nights more to our ability. Camp at Signal, Curator and Evelin. Takera is definitely buggy.

backpacking
7 months ago

Amazing trail! I slept at Watchtower (4km outside of the main trail). Completed in 2 days : 20 and 28km. Try to sleep at Curator campground for a 2 day hike.

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